An eye-catching Panama tower
Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower Panama stands out in a crowd. This lavish hotel is designed for the spotlight — the sail-shaped tower is one of Latin America’s tallest buildings and anchors Panama City’s skyline. As with all Trump hotels, it’s flush with luxury amenities like infinity pools, chic restaurants and killer in-room views.
Completed in 2011, the impressive 70-story building made quite a splash as Trump’s debut property in Latin America. It was famous before that too, earning recognition during the construction process as a defining centerpiece of the city skyline. Rising 932 feet above Panama Bay, the design resembles a ship’s sail, curved towards the sky for a dramatic, eye-catching effect against the horizon.
Situated in the upmarket Punta Pacifica neighborhood, Trump Panama offers a rare sense of tropical seclusion in buzzy Panama City. At first glance, the tower seems to rise out of the ocean itself. In reality, its foundation sits on land, perched atop a rocky bluff jetting over the aquamarine waters of Panama Bay.
And convenience isn’t sacrificed, either. A 10-minute drive brings you to the heart of Panama City and its bustling financial district, cultural attractions and myriad of international boutiques, restaurants and hot spots.
With 27,000 square feet of fully wired meeting and event space, the Panama hotel clearly caters to its corporate clientele. But with its resort-like vibe, Trump Panama also attracts vacationers from around the globe. You’ll find them on the 13th floor — young families and groups of nouveau riche — soaking up the sun and sipping fruity drinks on the chic terrace.
The deck resembles a swank Miami lounge with oversized cobalt floor cushions, poolside cabanas and sun recliners that appear to float over the waters of both infinity pools.
The unique architectural design does more than simply attract attention — the floor plan allows practically all of the hotel’s 369 rooms and suites to enjoy full or partial ocean views. Deluxe rooms are the standard averaging 554 square feet. Other options include the Suites on the Curve (673 square feet.), Junior Suites (894 square feet), Executive Suites (946 square feet). If you really want to splurge, book the Presidential Suite. This 1,562-square-foot residence on the 35th floor has sweeping views of the ocean and a private balcony.
All rooms offer top-notch sleeping facilities, featuring official Trump Hotel Collection beds by Serta adorned with fine linens and plush down pillows and comforters. You’ll also get Wi-Fi, a stereo system with an iPod docking station, a 42-inch flat-screen, a Nespresso coffee maker, a five-fixture bathroom with imported marble and granite and a frameless rain shower.
The luxury hotel has a variety of trendy bars and bistros. Near the lobby, Cava 15 is a sophisticated dark wood, dark leather wine bar. Outside, Azul Pool Bar & Grill is the poolside bar with tropical cocktails and casual fare.
On the 14th floor, Barcelona serves breakfast and tapas (it’s closed for dinner), but the main restaurant here is Tejas. This fine-dining spot has both indoor and alfresco dining rooms; the skilled chefs churn out contemporary seafood with Latin American and Caribbean influences.
Other amenities worth mentioning include the state-of-the-art fitness center, several boutique shops, a full-service business center and car services. There are five ocean-view swimming pools, including two stunning infinity-edge pools on the sprawling 13th-floor pool deck bedecked with white lounge chairs. The luxe Ocean Sun Casino takes up the second floor of the tower and a 66th-floor high-rollers casino — don’t miss the hidden gem Panaviera bar on that floor for incredible views just beyond an infinity pool.